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E-Zine / July 2010 / Spotlight: Author Meghana Joshi

Spotlight: Author Meghana Joshi

About Meghana Joshi:

Meghana Joshi is an author, an architect and an environmentalist living in Irvine, California. Born and brought up in India, she moved to California in 1998 after her marriage. She has a degree in Architecture, and is currently enrolled in Green MBA.

She began writing ten years ago to keep her occupied and connected to the world, but soon enough blossomed into mature flow of words earning her accolades and fans on the internet. She blogs as Tiana on www.tiana.sulekha.com and a list of her published articles can also be found at meghanajoshi.blogspot.com

Currently she is working on her second novel Mimosa with Samosa which follows the lives of three upper middle class middle aged immigrant couples. She is also working on an anthology of poetry for social awareness that will help bridge the gap between common man and environmental crisis through art.

About "Transition":

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 18, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 144148602X
ISBN-13: 978-1441486028
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches

Transition is available for sale on Amazon, Lulu and Target, online.

Transition in author’s words:

Of strange customs and traditions, of strangers living together, of falling in and out of love, of redefining love, of maturing into a loving, caring woman.. Of careers, higher education, in-laws, out-laws. Of life across two continents, nine houses, two babies and two marriages. This is the story of me, of you, of us…our lives.. no matter where we were born, what we do for a living, or what defines us. Trust, faith and love know no borders, and no limits. We act and react just the same way.. a little bit of black, a little bit of white, and a little bit of gray.. that’s all we are, no matter what shade of a palette our skins are.. Our hearts are all the same.. a little bit of love, a little bit of hate and a lot of indifference.

I am not a writer, I am not a story teller.. I pour the feelings and emotions that my heart goes through on the paper and bring colors of life with a black on white. A cat has nine lives, but a woman has several. She is born and reborn everyday assuming a new role with changing landscape of the life. Sometimes a daughter, sometimes a friend, sometimes a lover, sometimes a wife, sometimes a soul mate, sometimes a mother, sometimes, just a woman .. for herself. Life is in transit, all the time, until we are in the last of the boxes to take our final journeys to an unknown place.

Synopsis of "Transition":

The novel opens with Medha’s mother telling her that she should marry and then pursue her dreams of getting higher education rather than go alone to an alien land. Medha protests, but her parents win, and Medha marries Rajiv, a software engineer working in US, on vacation to find a bride in India.

During the technology boom of the Clinton era, a lot of software engineers would return to India for a four week vacation and return married. The girls would educated, free willed and modern, but due to cultural restrictions agree for such an arrangement. What went on with their lives was a topic of debate for a few days and then died off.

Transition is a story of their life beginning from the day of their marriage to their tenth anniversary. Of the ups and downs they go through, of the love and hate they have for each other. Instead of a novel like pattern, transition follows a diary pattern where you read important dated entries from Medha, the protagonist.

Reviews for "Transition":

Review 1 - By Devika Nair:
Link: http://kavi-for-fun.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/05/tiana-s-transition.htm

Review 2 - By Meera Jay, Blogger:
Link:http://meerajay.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/05/transition-a-book-review.htm

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E-Zine / July 2010 / Spotlight: Author Meghana Joshi